Las Navidades
alrededor del
Vocabulario para celebrar
1. la Nochebuena - Christmas Eve
2. los Reyes Magos-Three Kings
3. la rosca de reyes-sweet bread
eaten on January 6
4. el turrón-almond nougat candy
5. los villancicos-seasonal children’s songs
Un desfile navideño The holiday
parade in Panama City takes place in
La noche de rábanos On the night of
December 23, elaborate carvings made from
radishes, or rábanos, are on display in
Oaxaca’s central plaza. The figures include
people, animals, and even entire scenes. This
unique tradition has been celebrated for over
100 years.
Las empanadas
Dancers dress as
empanadas in
Buenos Aires.
These meat-filled
pies are especially
enjoyed during las
El Día de los Reyes Magos
In Peru, Argentina, the
Dominican Republic,
Paraguay, and Spain,
children receive presents on January 6 from los
Reyes Magos. In anticipation, children leave out
a snack for the Three Kings, carrots or grass for
the camels, and a pair of empty shoes for the
gifts. The policemen dress as the Kings.
Un desfile navideño
Circus elephants take
part in Madrid’s
holiday parade on
January 5. In Spain,
parades on January 5
or 6 celebrate the
arrival of los Reyes
Celebrations start in mid-December and, in some countries, extend to
January 6.
Many families gather the night of December 24,
or la Nochebuena, to share a special meal of
traditional foods and drinks that vary depending
on the country.
Tamales, empanadas, and buñuelos are served in many countries.
 In Spain, there is turkey,
or pavo, and turrón.
In Argentina and Chile,
where it is summer,
people eat cold foods and salads.
The tradition of giving and receiving
gifts also forms a part of las Navidades.
In some countries, families exchange
gifts at midnight on la Nochebuena,
while in others children receive gifts
the morning of December 25
In other countries the gifts appear
the morning of January 6 by the door.

Las Navidades alrededor del mundo